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Mistress of the House: Great Ladies and Grand Houses, 1670-1830 (Signed), Baird, Rosemary
21 Baird, Rosemary Mistress of the House: Great Ladies and Grand Houses, 1670-1830 (Signed)
Weidenfeld Nicolson 2003 0297830783 / 9780297830788 First UK edition-first printing Hardcover Near fine Near fine Book Signed by Author
Near fine condition.Weidenfeld and Nicolson,2003.First UK edition-first printing.The book is Signed by the Author on the title page.Green hardback(blue lettering to the spine,small nick,dent and crease on the edges of the cover and spine) with Dj(two small nicks and crease on the edges of the Dj cover),both in near fine condition.Illustrated with colour,b/w photos.Nice and clean pages as new with two small colour marks on the outer edges,a couple of small nicks on the edges of the pages.330pp including List of illustrations,conclusion,notes,bibliography,relevant houses open to the public,index.Price un-clipped.A collectable signed first edition.Heavy book. 
Price: 56.00 GBP
 
 
In extremis : the life of Laura Riding, Baker, Deborah
22 Baker, Deborah In extremis : the life of Laura Riding
Hamish Hamilton 1993 024112834X / 9780241128343 First UK edition-first printing Hardcover Very good Very good Book 
VGC.Hamish Hamilton,1993.First UK edition-first printing(10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1).Note:The book has been marked on the outer edges of the pages as Damaged, however, as far as I can ascertain the only damage is a couple of small nicks/dents on the edges of the pages and crease on the edge of the spine.Black hardback(gilt lettering to the spine,small nick and crease on the edges of the cover and spine) with Dj(small nicks,crease and scratch on the edges of the Dj cover),both in VGC.Illustrated with b/w photos.Nice and clean pages with some foxing marks,small ink mark and damaged stamp on the outer edges,small nicks on the edges of the pages,a couple of small foxing marks on the edge of the last blank page of the book.The book is in VGC with light shelf wear.490pp including Notes,bibliography,index.Price un-clipped. 
Price: 19.90 GBP
 
 
Augusta Leigh : Byron's Half-Sister: A Biography, Bakewell, Michael
23 Bakewell, Michael Augusta Leigh : Byron's Half-Sister: A Biography
Random House of Canada, Limited 2000 0185619754 / 9780185619754 First edition-first printing Hardcover Very good Very good Book 
VGC,Chatto & Windus,2000.First edition-first printing(2 4 6 8 10 9 7 5 3 1).Blue hardback(silver lettering to the spine)with laminated Dj(small colour mark,crease and nicks on the laminated cover),both in VGC.Ex-Library book with stamp,pocket,sticker but in VGC.Illustrated with b/w photos.Nice and clean pages with two small ink marks and light shelf wear on the outer edges,a couple of small creases on the edges of the pages.Nice and clean book with light shelf wear.Price un-clipped.438pp including index.First edition.

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Review : Augusta Leigh lived, in the words of the old Chinese curse, through interesting times. The daughter of one of the most scandalous affairs of the 18th century, Augusta herself married the horse-mad Lieutenant-Colonel George Leigh, equerry and companion of the Prince of Wales. Leigh gambled and cheated, falling from grace into poverty and taking his wife and seven children with him. But it is Augusta's subsequent love affair with her half-brother, Byron the poet, that constitutes the most remarkable adventure of her life. This incestuous passion is one of the most famous, or notorious, in literary history: it led to the collapse of Byron's marriage and his exile from England, and remains a scandal even to this day. Byron's wife, Annabella, was a mild-mannered intellectual woman with a taste for mathematics; but she was driven to distracted jealousy by her husband's incestuous liaison and declared of Augusta that there were moments when I could have plunged a dagger into her heart. It is all potent, hot-blooded stuff and the temptation to turn this gripping story into a lurid soap opera would be hard to resist. But the Bakewells do something much more compelling in this excellent biography; their restraint brings out the vividness and emotional complexity of the story better than any previous telling. Only occasionally does the prose become swayed by the passion of the subject--as when Byron and Augusta fall in love, drawn irresistibly closer by a physical attraction that became more electric as each day carried their discovery of one another a little further. Byron himself emerges from the narrative as immature and spoilt to a near-monstrous degree, although the Bakewells try to be understanding (of his psychological torture of his wife they admit that Byron appears no more than an overgrown schoolboy, and add but he was feeling hurt, angry and deeply unhappy and was determined to make someone suffer for it). Byron's wronged wife Annabella, and her lengthy campaign to blacken Augusta's reputation are also well handled, and Augusta herself emerges as a thoroughly compelling character: a deeply nice individual who firmly believed that there was no harm in anything that did not damage others. With a passionate romantic streak running through her warm and easy-going personality, she emerges from this biography as a grounded and likeable human being. --Adam Roberts n nProduct Description nThe first biography of Augusta Leigh for over thirty years, this fascinating account draws on a wealth of new material from archives all over the country. It sheds new light not only on this remarkable and courageous woman, but on Georgian and Regency society and the life of the Court. 
Price: 12.50 GBP
 
 
My Animals and Other Family, Balding, Clare
24 Balding, Clare My Animals and Other Family
Viking 2012 0670921467 / 9780670921461 First edition-6th printing Hardcover Fine Near fine Book 
Fine/Near fine.Viking,2012.First edition-6th printing.Blue hardback(gilt lettering to the spine) in fine condition, with Dj(a couple of small nicks,creases and ink mark on the edges of the Dj cover) in near fine condition.Illustrated with colour,b/w photos,drawings.Nice and clean pages as new with a small ink mark and nick on the edges of the pages.258pp.Price un-clipped. 
Price: 24.00 GBP
 
 
I Am What I Am, Barrowman, Carole E.
25 Barrowman, Carole E. I Am What I Am
Michael O'Mara Books 2009 1843173794 / 9781843173793 First UK edition-first printing Hardcover Fine Fine Book 
Fine condition.Michael O'Hara Books,2009.First UK edition-first printing(1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2).Black hardback(silver lettering to the spine) with Dj(two small nicks,scratch and crease on the edges of the Dj cover),both in fine condition.Illustrated with colour photos.The book is new with two small ink marks on the edges of the pages.256pp including index.

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Product Description: Written with John's trademark style, I Am What I Am is filled with juicy titbits from behind the scenes of Doctor Who and Torchwood, alongside heartwarming family anecdotes and personal revelations, including John's perspective on fame and how it has affected him. Intimately exploring aspects of John's current life, this memoir gives fans the opportunity to get up close and personal with exclusive anecdotes from recent and ongoing projects, all told with John's trademark charm and humor-an unmissable treat for any fan. 
Price: 13.80 GBP
 
 
The Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay, Bart, Sir George Otto Trevelyan
26 Bart, Sir George Otto Trevelyan The Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay
Longman's Green 1893 Popular Edition Hardcover Good No Dj cover as issued Book 
GC plus.Longmans Green,1893.Popular Edition.Blue hardback(gilt lettering to the spine,small marks and nicks on the cover and spine) in GC plus, no Dj cover as issued.Nice and clean pages with small marks and tainted on the outer edges,small foxing marks and creases on the edges of the pages.The book is in GC plus for its age with light shelf wear.714pp including appendix,index. 
Price: 32.50 GBP
 
 
The Perfect Mile: Three Athletes, One Goal, and Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It, Bascomb, Neal
27 Bascomb, Neal The Perfect Mile: Three Athletes, One Goal, and Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It
Houghton Mifflin 2004 0618391126 / 9780618391127 First US edition-first printing Hardcover Near fine Near fine Book 
Near fine condition.Houghton Mifflin,2004.First US edition-first printing(10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1).Hardback(gilt lettering to the spine,small nick on the edges of the cover) with Dj(two small nicks and crease on the edges of the Dj cover),both in near fine condition.Illustrated with b/w photos.Nice and clean pages but with small ink marks on the outer edges,light shelf wear on the Dj cover.326pp including Author's note,notes,index.Price un-clipped. 
Price: 30.00 GBP
 
 
Stolen Innocence: A Mother's Fight for Justice: THe Authorised Story of Sally Clark, Batt, John
28 Batt, John Stolen Innocence: A Mother's Fight for Justice: THe Authorised Story of Sally Clark
Ebury Press 2004 0091900700 / 9780091900700 First UK edition-first printing Hardcover Very good Very good Book 
VGC.Ebury Press,2004.First UK edition-first printing(1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2).Red hardback(gilt lettering to the spine,a couple of small nicks on the edges of the cover and spine) with Dj(some nicks,scratches and creases on the Dj cover), both in VGC.Nice and clean pages but with a ink mark and slightly tainted on the outer edges,small pencil mark impression on the edges of the first blank page of the book.The book is in VGC but with light shelf wear.340pp.Price un-clipped.First edition. 
Price: 21.80 GBP
 
 
Stolen Innocence: The Sally Clark Story - A Mother's Fight for Justice, Batt, John
29 Batt, John Stolen Innocence: The Sally Clark Story - A Mother's Fight for Justice
Ted Smart 2004 0091900700 / 9780091900700 First Ted Smart edition-first printing Hardcover Near fine Near fine Book 
Near fine condition.Ted Smart,2004.First Ted Smart edition-first printing(1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2).Pictorial hardback(small nick on the edges of the cover and spine) with Dj(small creases and nicks on the edges of the Dj cover), both in near fine condition.Nice and clean pages with a couple of small creases and nicks on the edges of the pages.340pp.Price un-clipped. 
Price: 15.70 GBP
 
 
Batty, Batt, P.
30 Batt, P. Batty
Headline Book Publishing 2000 0747274436 / 9780747274438 First edition-first printing Hardcover Fine Fine Book 
Fine condition.Headline Book,2000.First edition-first printing(10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1).Black hardback(gilt lettering to the spine,two small nicks on the cover) with Dj(small nicks,crease and a couple of scratches on the Dj cover),both in fine condition.Illustrated with b/w photos.The book is new with a ink mark and light shelf wear on the outer edges of the pages,two small nicks and crease on the edges of the pages.250pp including index.Price un-clipped.First edition.

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Product Description:A legendary character on Fleet Street, Peter Batt recalls a lost era of hard-drining hacks in a series of anecdotes featuring such diverse personalities as Winston Churchill and Shirley Bassey. 
Price: 10.50 GBP
 
 
Mick Channon: The Authorised Biography, Batt, Peter
31 Batt, Peter Mick Channon: The Authorised Biography
Highdown 2004 1904317456 / 9781904317456 First UK edition-first printing Hardcover Fine Near fine Book 
Fine/Near fine.Highdown,2004.First UK edition-first printing.Green hardback(gilt lettering to the spine,small nick on the edge of the cover) in fine condition,with Dj(a couple of small creases and nicks on the Dj cover) in near fine condition.Illustrated with colour,b/w photos.Nice and clean book as new with light shelf wear on the Dj cover.288pp including Mick Channon's football career,Mick Channon's racing career,index.Price clipped.A collectable first edition. 
Price: 32.50 GBP
 
 
The Pornographer's Daughter: A Memoir of Childhood, My Dad, and Deep Throat, Battista-Frazee, Kristin
32 Battista-Frazee, Kristin The Pornographer's Daughter: A Memoir of Childhood, My Dad, and Deep Throat
Skyhorse Publishing 2014 1629144347 / 9781629144344 First US edition-first printing Hardcover Near fine Near fine Book 
Near fine condition. Skyhorse Publishing, 2014. First US edition-first printing (10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1). Cream hardback with black borders (silver lettering to the spine, a couple of small ink marks on the cover) with Dj(very small tear on the edges of the back Dj cover, a couple of creases and small nicks on the edges of the Dj cover), both in near fine condition. Illustrated with b/w photos. Nice and clean pages with a small ink mark on the outer edges, light shelf wear on the Dj cover. 265pp. Price un-clipped. 
Price: 27.80 GBP
 
 
George Lucas : A Biography, Baxter, John
33 Baxter, John George Lucas : A Biography
HarperCollins 1999 0002570092 / 9780002570091 First edition-first printing Hardcover Near fine Very good Book 
Near fine/VGC.HarperCollins,1999.First edition-first printing(9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1).Black hardback(silver lettering to the spine,small nick on the edge of the cover) in near fine condition, with Dj(two large tears on the Dj cover which have been sellotaped down,two small nicks and crease on the edges of the Dj cover) in VGC.Illustrated with b/w photos.Nice and clean pages as new with a couple of small nicks on the edges of the pages.Nice and clean book with light shelf wear on the Dj cover.456pp including List of illustrations,notes,filmography,bibliography,index.Price un-clipped.A collectable first edition.Heavy book. 
Price: 31.90 GBP
 
 
Clock This: My Life As An Inventor, Baylis, Trevor
34 Baylis, Trevor Clock This: My Life As An Inventor
Headline 1999 0747273812 / 9780747273813 First edition-first printing Paperback Very good Book 
VGC.Headline Book Publishing,1999.First edition-first printing(10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1.Blue hardback(gilt lettering to the spine,two small nicks on the edges of the cover) with Dj(some nicks & creases on the Dj cover),both in VGC.Illustrated with colour,b/w photos.Nice and clean pages,written inscription on the first blank page of the book,a couple of creases and nicks on the edges of the pages.The book is in VGC with light shelf wear on the back of the Dj cover.274pp including index.Price un-clipped.First edition.

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Product Description: The story of Trevor Baylis, the man who invented the clockwork radio. Baylis's success as an inventor has won him an OBE, the Presidential Gold and Silver medals from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, and numerous visiting professorships at British universities. 
Price: 11.40 GBP
 
 
The Main Enemy: The Secret Story of the CIA's Bloodiest Battle, Bearden, Milton
35 Bearden, Milton The Main Enemy: The Secret Story of the CIA's Bloodiest Battle
Century 2003 0712681515 / 9780712681513 First UK edition-first impression Hardcover Very good Very good Book 
VGC.Century,2003.First UK edition-first impression.Black hardback(silver lettering to the spine) with Dj(small nicks and creases on the edges of the Dj cover),both in VGC.Illustrated with b/w photos.Nice and clean pages but with small foxing marks and slightly yellow on the outer edges.The book is in VGC with light shelf wear on the Dj cover.562pp including Foreword,a note on sources,select bibliography,index.Price un-clipped.A collectable first edition.Heavy book(approx 1 Kg). 
Price: 29.00 GBP
 
 
Leaving the Saints: One Child's Story of Survival and Hope, Beck, Martha
36 Beck, Martha Leaving the Saints: One Child's Story of Survival and Hope
Portrait 2005 0749950803 / 9780749950804 First UK edition-first impression Hardcover Near fine Near fine Book 
Near fine condition.Portrait,2005.First UK edition-first impression.Grey hardback(silver lettering to the spine,two small creases and nick on the edges of the cover and spine) with Dj(a couple of creases,scratches and small nicks on the Dj cover),both in near fine condition.Nice and clean pages as new with a small ink mark and nick on the outer edges,small pencil mark impression on the edges of the front endpaper.Nice and clean book with lght shelf wear on the Dj cover.208pp.Price un-clipped. 
Price: 19.80 GBP
 
 
The Mystery of Olga Chekhova, Beevor, Antony
37 Beevor, Antony The Mystery of Olga Chekhova
Viking 2004 0670915203 / 9780670915200 First edition-first printing Hardcover Near fine Near fine Book 
Near fine condition.Viking,2004.First edition-first printing.Black hardback(gilt lettering to the spine,small nick and dent on the edges of the cover and spine) with Dj cover(small nicks,crease and scratches on the edges of the Dj cover),both in near fine condition.Illustrated with b/w photos,maps.Nice and clean pages with a small mark and ink mark on the outers edges,a couple of creases on the edges of the pages.Nice and clean book with light shelf wear on the Dj cover.310pp including List of illustrations,dramatis personae,Olga Chekhova's films,references,source notes,select bibliography,index.Price un-clipped.A collectable first edition. 
Price: 18.00 GBP
 
 
An Accidental MP, Bell, Martin
38 Bell, Martin An Accidental MP
Viking 2000 0670892319 / 9780670892310 First edition-5th printing Hardcover Near fine Near fine Book 
Near fine condition.Viking,2000.First edition-5th printing.Black hardback(silver lettering to the spine) with Dj(crease,small nicks and scratch on the edges of the Dj cover),both in near fine condition.Illustrated with b/w photos.Nice and clean pages as new with small ink mark and nick on the outer edges,two small creases and nicks on the edges of the pages.Nice and clean book.231pp including Notes,index.Price un-clipped. 
Price: 14.30 GBP
 
 
Jolly Green Giant, Bellamy, David
39 Bellamy, David Jolly Green Giant
Century 2002 0712683593 / 9780712683593 First UK edition-first printing Hardcover As New Fine Book 
Mint condition.Century,2002.First UK edition-first printing(1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2).Green hardback(gilt lettering to the spine) with Dj(some nicks,a couple of creases and scratches on the Dj cover),both in mint condition.Illustrated with b/w photos.The book is new with a small nick on the edge of the pages,light shelf wear on the back of the Dj cover.400pp including Appendices.Price un-clipped.

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Review:The long-awaited autobiography of Britain's favourite botanist. n nFamiliar to us from our television screens for the last 30 years, the guru of natural history returns to public prominence with this thoroughly entertaining and absorbing memoir of life as a botanist, broadcaster and writer who has travelled all over the world in search of his beloved plants. Bellamy was born in Surrey to a respectable lower middle-class family and grew up during the Second World War. Despite the inevitable privations he seems to have had a wonderful childhood, collecting shrapnel and unexploded bombs and roaming the countryside, developing a deep love for its quiet and stillness. Possible careers included medicine and (remarkably) ballet, but in the end an academic life beckoned and he became a lecturer at Durham University before finding fame and fortune. Bellamy is clearly a natural writer, with a gift for humorous, often self-deprecating anecdotes that makes the pages turn very quickly. Especially interesting is his discussion of the various ecological causes he has championed over the years, even going to prison for them on one occasion. 
Price: 10.50 GBP
 
 
A Game with Sharpened Knives, Belton, Neil
40 Belton, Neil A Game with Sharpened Knives
Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2005 0297643592 / 9780297643593 First UK edition-first printing Hardcover Very good Very good Book 
VGC.Weidenfeld & Nicolson,2005.First UK edition-first printing.Green hardback(gilt lettering to the spine) with Dj(two small creases and nick on the edges of the Dj cover),both in VGC.Nice and clean pages but with three tears and nicks at the edge of the pages 205-210,small ink mark and nick on the outer edge of the pages.The book is in near fine condition except for the tears on the edges of the pages.328pp.Price un-clipped.

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Product Description: This is a novel based on the life of Erwin Shrodinger, one of the giants of 20th-century scientific thought. n nNeil Belton concentrates on the time Shrodinger spent living in Ireland. In 1938, Germany invaded Austria and Schrödinger was dismissed from his university post. The Prime Minister of Ireland at the time, Eamon de Valera, was a mathematician and invited Schrödinger to join the newly established Institute for Advanced Studies in Dublin. Schrödinger emigrated there with few possessions and little money. He remained for 17 years, often turning his attention to philosophical questions about physics and its relationship to other fields. n nThrough this backdrop of historical fact Belton has fashioned a novel of immense power, brilliantly evoking the isolated Ireland of the Second World War as well as the character of a complicated genius. 
Price: 9.50 GBP
 
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